Eldritch Swan is a dead man. Or at least that is what his nephew Stephen has always been told. Until one day Eldritch walks back into his life after 36 years in an Irish prison.
He won’t reveal any of the details of his incarceration, insisting only that he is innocent of any crime. His return should be of interest to no-one. But the visit of a solicitor with a mysterious request will take Eldritch and his sceptical nephew from sleepy seaside Paignton to London, where an exhibition of Picasso paintings from the prestigious Brownlow collection proves to be the starting point on a journey that will transport them back to the Second World War and the mystery behind Eldritch’s imprisonment.
©2010 Robert Goddard (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
This was an enjoyable and unpredictable English mystery/thriller. Too often it is easy to guess the solution to a mystery. This book is complex, it jumps between World War II era and the present. The characters were interesting and the narrator was quite good.
Somehow Goddard can do what many authors can't, blend an interesting plot with great character development and a pace that keeps you in the book. An easy 5 star. Highly recommend
A new Robert Goddard is an automatic credit for me, and I'm reasonably happy with this one.
While still a good ole' mystery (told half in the past - as usual), it was a bit more mellow than other books by the author. The mortal danger was kept to a minumum and the stakes did not seem overly high (ie, the characters would have survived one way or another). This is not necessarily a bad thing, and it was an enjoyable way to spend 11 hours.
A classic Robert Goddard which gathers you up immediately and does not let go until the last word.
A thoroughly good yarn + sympathetic narration.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Well OK this is an audio and not a paperback.
Good story well read by David Rintoul.
Goddard has his own way of weaving past and present into engaging mystery stories.This one had been in my wish list for a long time before purchasing. Since then I have listened to it a couple of times. We all know just how important a good narrator is to making a great story a good audio experience.
While not my favourite Goddard, 'Long Time Coming' is a good listen. Maybe the sort of story that does not get told, yet exists in many a family. I think that is what I liked about this one. Not the same subject matter, for sure, but pethaps those relatives we learn so little about, do have a story to tell. Like many of his novels this one too made me think.
Just a great escape. The plot summary cover this well. Fantastic narrator, doesn't try women's voices , just his voice with a female inflection, very effective.
Sit back and enjoy the ride.
I read this book while exercising (as I do most audible books), and it was a little difficult to follow. May have been due to the story being in 2 different periods of time.
Probably I'd try one more.
"IRA, the war and Picasso"
Heralded as a back on form book, it certainly is a more satisfying outing than Goddards last work. Set in two times 1976 and 1940, it intertwines the past and current life story of Eldritch Swan, a seemingly unfurtunate man caught up in a conspiracy which could be simply a swindle or something more sinister. Or is it? Well you will need to listen to find out the truth. Unlike some of his past books Goddard tends to keep this on course with few plot twists or last minute turns of event, opting for a gripping unfolding of the tale as the work progresses.
The narration is ideal for Goddards books, told with the ideal English accent and tone that suits Goddards work.
I would highly recommend this book, as an idea of how it grabs you, I started reading this book, got about half way through and due to my busy schedule was finding little time to read it at a pace that satisfied my need to get to the end to see who done it. I therefore bought the audio and listened to it faster whilst driving to and from work - so much was my need to digest the book.
"One of his best"
I think I have read virtually all of Robert Goddards published novels over the years and this is certainly one of the best. The characters are believable, the plot interesting and yet not too complex and the suspense grabs you. On a number of occassions I found myself sitting in the car park at work, not wanting to get out because I was so hooked by the story.
If you have enjoyed any other of Goddards books then this will not disappoint
I like Robert Goddard so I had high hopes and this is another enjoyable and entertaining book. The plot is strong; the prose is pitched just right and the reader does it full justice. My one quibble was the characters: I wasn't hooked and really didn?t care much about their eventual fate. This is a competent, clever book but at its centre,it lacks the elements that give a good story heart.
"Not Good if you use your audible to aid sleep!!!!"
Brilliant book as with all Robert Goddard books. Keeps your interest the whole time. I enjoyed reading the book and enjoyed listening to it. As I couldn't remember the plot sleep wasn't induced but well worth the lack of shut eye!
"It will keep you"
I am a Robert Goddard fan so I got this book straightaway. It is just the right length with enough plot to keep you interested all the way through. I did find the character of Stephen Swan insipid. I like my characters with more meat on them. You could have amalgamated some of his activity with other bits. And then getting together with the girl was predictable and unbelievable. I would expect her to find somebody with more substance to them. But I did like the character of Eldritch Swan in the 1940s. He felt like a character straight out of a Jack Vetriano picture. I also live in Paignton so of course I liked that bit.
""Welcome back Robert...its been a while.""
It may be purely coincidental, although with Robert Goddard one suspects that there is no such thing as coincidence, but the title 'Long Time Coming' to me marks a return to the Robert Goddard of old. Indeed, it has been a long time coming and I'm delighted he's back.
When on form Robert Goddard is up there with the masters when it comes to plotting an intricate and intriguing tale and I'm delighted that this book sees a return to the style that has previously provided so much pleasure. Most especially I enjoy the fact that you know the hero is going to arrive at an answer eventually but have absolutely no idea what that is or how they are going to get there. Only that seemingly short and innocent quests are going to develop into major odysseys and that, just when it seems that all is lost and there is no way forward, a tiny clue will surface to take you that little step closer. Not to the answer, of course, but to the next tiny clue. Many writers have the ability to carry the reader along on these sorts of journeys but Goddard's talent lies in being able to convince us that it is all so logical and normal to undertake them. Unfortunately I felt that he had rather lost his way of late and some of his books were decidedly below the high standard I had come to expect so, even though I haven't yet finished 'Long Time Coming' I couldn't wait to say how pleased I am that I decided to give him another go.
It really is like welcoming back a old and dear friend. Thank you.
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